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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Don't Miss Our Annual Meeting

Annual Membership Meeting & Award Ceremony

Date: March 24, 2021
Time: 3:00–3:45 p.m. EDT

Lutheran Services in America will hold its Annual Membership Meeting and a NEW awards ceremony on March 24 at 3 p.m. EDT. Member CEOs will cast votes for two member CEOs for the Lutheran Services in America Board of Directors and approve the FY 2022 budget and dues schedule. 

Winners of the first Lutheran Services in America annual awards will be announced at the Annual Membership Meeting:

  • The Innovator Award recognizes a member organization that is pioneering new solutions, technology or business practices to solve complex issues. This member is forward-thinking and extending beyond its own mission to strengthen the Lutheran social ministry network across the country. Ultimately, their breakthrough solutions are designed to lift up the nation’s most vulnerable people and help ensure that all Americans can live abundant lives.
  • The Micah Award recognizes a member organization that is leading the way in its work in addressing justice, mercy and equity. This member’s leadership in race equity, inclusion and diversity is truly inspirational and best exemplifies the spirit of Micah 6:8, “Act justly, and love mercy, and walk humbly with your God.”

Submit your award entries for your own organization or a peer Lutheran social ministry organization by completing a short Nomination Form by March 12, 2021.

Register here to attend and to submit your award entries for your own organization or a peer Lutheran social ministry organization by completing a short Nomination Form by March 12, 2021


Check out our latest resources on our COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Hub including:

*If you have any resources or strategies your organization would recommend to increase access and reduce barriers to the COVID-19 Vaccine, please share with us

Upcoming Strength & Service Series Webinar


Reading the Tea Leaves — Fortune-telling an Uncertain Future for Senior Services

Date: Wednesday March 10, 2021 Time: 1:00-2:00pm EST 

The senior services landscape is rapidly shifting. Changes to federal and state funding and regulations, priorities for health insurance companies, new clinical care needs, low skilled nursing occupancy rates, and preferences for home care are just some of the forces causing providers to rethink their overall structure and delivery models. Join us as Andy Edeburn, Principal with Premier, Inc. gives an overview of current market trends and offers methods for thinking about the future. Register here.  

Date:March 25, 2021
Time:1:00 -2:00 p.m. EDT

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought renewed attention to vast income disparities that exist in our country. Health and human service organizations across the U.S. are seeing increased demand for services as they care for vulnerable populations reeling from the spread of the virus and economic crisis. Please join us for this presentation from The University of Notre Dame Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO), who will share results from their groundbreaking study assessing the impact of COVID-19 on poverty in the U.S. and how they can support your programs to address poverty at the local level. Register here.

Partner Spotlight


Ziegler Presents LIBOR IS ENDING: What You Need To Know

Date: Thursday February 25, 2021 Time: 12:00-1:00 pm EST

Join Ziegler’s Amy Castleberry and Scott Determan on an upcoming webinar focusing on the end of LIBOR. LIBOR is frequently called the world’s most important number, but – sooner or later – it will be going away. Municipal bond issuers and borrowers, together with underwriters, municipal advisors, bond attorneys and other bond professionals, will have to prepare now to meet the challenges arising from the transition from LIBOR to other benchmark interest rates for their bonds, swaps, loans or leases. This program will benefit municipal bond issuers with outstanding LIBOR loans and swaps, 501c3 organizations such as hospitals, healthcare centers, universities, CCRC’s, charter schools, independent schools, Underwriters and Municipal Advisors. CE credits may also be available.




Advocacy Update

Congress Pursues Next COVID Relief Package

Congress is currently pursuing another large COVID relief package based on the proposal known as the “American Rescue Plan” put forth by President Biden.  Democrats have opted to move this legislation under a process known as “budget reconciliation” given their very slim majorities, as passage of bills in the Senate under budget reconciliation is not subject to the filibuster and thus requires only a simple majority, rather than 60 votes. House committees began releasing legislative language for their individual portions of the package the week of February 8, and the House is expected to complete its work and vote on the legislation late this week.  Congressional leaders currently aim to pass a final bill by March 14.  While details of what’s currently included in the package are subject to change as the bill moves forward, significant provisions for our network include: an expansion of the subsidy for reimbursable unemployment benefits to 75% (from 50%) and an extension of the expiration date of the program through August 29, 2021; an expansion of Paycheck Protection Program eligibility for organizations who employ no more than 500 people per location; and an increased 7.35% FMAP during the pandemic for home and community-based services for states that engage in certain activities. In addition, the bill includes an extension of temporary unemployment benefits and enhanced weekly benefits; and a phased increase of the minimum wage.  Many of these provisions, particularly the phased-in increase in the minimum wage could be eliminated or substantially modified when the Senate takes up the package.

More information can be found in our detailed summary, and we hope that you will join us in urging lawmakers to retain the elements of this package that help nonprofit front line providers and continue to work toward addressing all our remaining priorities.

Meanwhile, President Biden has nominated Chiquita Brooks-LaSure to be the next Administrator for the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services.  Ms. Brooks-LaSure worked in President Barrack Obama's Administration to help with the initial implementation of the Affordable Care Act.  The Senate will begin to take up Xavier Becerra's nomination to be HHS Secretary today (February 23.)

Coronavirus Resources

Lutheran Services in America has compiled a list of COVID-19 news and resources that is regularly updated. In particular, we are tracking philanthropic and federal funding opportunities and requirements for our members and compiling a list of upcoming webinars, meetings, and events. Be sure to check out these pages and feel free to reach out to or with any related questions you have.

Join us here in urging lawmakers to retain the elements of this package that help nonprofit front line providers and continue to work toward addressing all our remaining needs.


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